Re: Religious freedom/hat removal
Jim Miller Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Tue, 30 May 1995 09:26:00 +0000
Paul S. Wolf wrote:
> Don't feel bad. It happens here in the North too. Drives me nuts
>sometimes. Most of the LEADERS and SCOUTS who know me and my troop are
>careful, but at council and district dinners, etc. the Ministers, Priests
>and lay leaders the council gets to lead Grace never seem to realize that
>Scouting, and the USA in general are NOT Christian organizations. I
>usually wind up mumbling under my breath.
Why is it that my pet peeve is of exactly the opposite behavior? I have yet to be insulted by the practices of a particular religion. In fact, I prefer to see a little of as many as possible. Our constant attempts to "hide" these religious differences in the form on non-sectarian "prayer" probably do more to encourage religious intolerence than a constant exposure to different religious practices ever could. If our job is to expose the youth to new experiences and prepare them for life in a diverse culture, why would we try for these bland religious expressions instead of showing them as many religions as possible and letting the youth ask their own questions about the differences?
>IMHO, you should follow your custom. For a Jew, the prayer before a meal
>is simply a prayer over bread, usually called "Hamotzi". The prayer is
>usually translated as:
> Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who brings
> forth Bread from the earth.
>A traditional Jew will say Grace AFTER the Meal, called the Birchat
>Hamazon. That can be a 2 to 10 PAGE long series of prayers. I bet that
>would REALLY be a learning experience.
It certainly would be. Even in Scouting, I have yet to see much of traditional Jewish practice. I'd probably come up with lots of questions. The answers to those questions would give me knowledge. Knowledge is what leads us to understanding. THIS is what we should be trying to get for the youth we serve.
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